York commit training hard to reach U Sports

York welcomes an Ontario commit to their team.

Cameron Hoekstra, a slotback from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School, is ready to break into the U Sports league after signing with the York Lions.

Courtesy of Cameron Hoekstra.

Currently in college, the product of Barrie, Ontario, has not strayed far from football. “I’ve been training hard while attending college and feel more prepared than I have ever been to play at the university level,” he said.

He added that he chose York because there is a change in the culture, it is close to home and they have the program he wants to take. “I’ve wanted to go there right after high school,” Hoekstra said. “It provides all the resources for me to be successful.” He will be taking business administration at York.

When it comes to the coaches, Hoekstra believes that the staff is great. “Head Coach Craney has done a great job at building it from the bottom up and has good changes coming for the program,” he said.

“Kamau Peterson is a top-quality coach with plenty of pro experience,” he added. “I feel he can help me reach my full potential and develop me into a quality player and athlete.”

Hoekstra started his high school career with the St. Peter’s Panthers (GBSSA) before joining the St. Joan of Arc Knights (GBSSA). In the summer he played with the Huronia Stallions (OFC). The 6’3, 185lbs slotback has been playing football for over nine years. He has two GBSSA championships in 2014 and 2015. He was a 2017 all-star in the OFC as well.

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